Marco Scutaro moves to second base due to shoulder injury

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Marco Scutaro was signed to be the Red Sox’s shortstop and started each of his first 130 games there, but moved to second base last night in an effort to stay in the lineup despite what Peter Abraham of the Boston Globe reports is a partially torn rotator cuff.
For now the Red Sox are calling it simply “inflammation of a long-standing rotator cuff injury” and a source told Abraham that Scutaro likely will not require surgery. For now though Jed Lowrie started at shortstop, with Scutaro moving across the diamond to a position he has played 238 times previously in his career.
Scutaro indicated that doctors have told him the injury won’t get any worse by staying in the lineup, but added that “playing second makes it a little easier for me.” He’s owed $5 million for next season, with a $6 million team option, $3 million player option, or $1.5 million buyout for 2012, so assuming Dustin Pedroia’s foot injury heals as expected the Red Sox will need Scutaro’s shoulder at something resembling full strength next year.

Roberto Osuna reveals he has been dealing with an anxiety issue

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Blue Jays closer Roberto Osuna recently revealed that he has been dealing with an anxiety issue, Rob Longley of the Toronto Star reports. Osuna specified that the issue is completely off the field, not on the field. He is not sure when he’ll be able to return to pitch again.

Osuna had been feeling “a little bit anxious, a little bit weird” and said, “I feel like I’m lost a little bit right now.” Despite the anxiety, Osuna volunteered to pitch during Friday’s loss to the Royals, but the Blue Jays smartly chose not to put him into the game.

Osuna said, “I wish I knew how to get out of here and how to get out of this. We’re working on it. We’re trying to find ways to see what can make me feel better. But to be honest I just don’t know.”

It must have been tough for Osuna to make his issue public, as there is still a stigma around dealing with mental issues. Given the prominent position he holds in the Jays’ bullpen, fans become even less empathetic about taking time off to deal with it as well. Hopefully, Osuna is able to use the time off to get the help he needs. And hopefully his going public helps motivate other people dealing with mental issues to seek help for themselves.

The 22-year-old recently became the youngest player in major league history to reach 75 career saves. This season, Osuna is carrying a 2.48 ERA with 19 saves and a 37/3 K/BB ratio in 39 innings.

Brewers claim Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported on Sunday that the Brewers claimed catcher Stephen Vogt off waivers from the Athletics. Vogt was designated for assignment by the Athletics on Thursday.

Vogt, 32, was an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, but struggled this year. He hit .217/.287/.357 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 174 plate appearances.

With the Brewers, Vogt will likely split time behind the plate with Manny Pina. Meanwhlie, the Athletics’ catching situation will be handled by Josh Phegley and Bruce Maxwell.